My Year in Review: 2013

Mondo 2013 Year in ReviewFrom “haute dogs” to business bootcamp to exciting collaborations and new opportunities, my 2013 brought its fair share of challenges and rewards.

I was honored to join Merck and award-winning photographer Duane Cramer for a third year as spokesperson for the I Design campaign.  My work with them have taken me across the country sharing my story as an HIV-positive person and continuing the conversation about the virus.

I even got to join the San Francisco Pride Parade as a celebrity grand marshal, which took place just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.  It was an unforgettable moment to get swept up in our country’s history and progress.

I also joined Subaru as a spokesperson for Dining Out For Life, an annual dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations across the country.  Before Project Runway, I relied on the generosity of food banks, so it felt great to be able to give back.

In March, I reunited with bestie Michael Costello along with other Project Runway alums for Fashion Week El Paseo 2013.  I showed my “Haute Dog” summer collection inspired by hot dogs and bomb pops — it was kind of like 60s “Beach Blanket Bingo” meets 90s rave culture.  One of the most fun collections I’ve created in a while.

In October, my exclusive collection of eyewear for SEE hit shelves and I set out on a nationwide meet and greet tour.  I am so proud of this collaboration and grateful to SEE for the opportunity.  The frames are beyond amazing!  And it was incredible getting to meet so many new friends.

I continued to develop my business in 2013 as well.  After a couple of false starts and disappointing setbacks, my team and I were finally able to get the ball rolling on the first cut and sew designs on my personal label, Mondo Guerra.  I am so excited to share the fruits of our labor with you in 2014!

And, of course, I am thrilled to be joining Tim Gunn as a mentor on his new show Under the Gunn, premiering Thursday January 16, 2014 on Lifetime.  Get into it!

But most of all, I am grateful for the incredible support from my family, friends and fans.  I couldn’t do this without you!  Thank you for continuing to encourage my dreams.

Sending out all my love to you!  Let’s make 2014 the best year yet.